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  • Paperback: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 7 edition (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199640947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199640942
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 4.8 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (330 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[The] quick-reference English dictionary in a new paperback edition from Oxford is fully revised and excellent value for money ... [It is] ideal for quizzes and puzzle-solving. (Suite 101)

Complete dictionary and reference volume all rolled into one, at a splendidly low price. It includes all the words you will ever need for ordinary everyday use set out in the easy-to-use typography for which Oxford dictionaries are famous. (Writers Online)


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This is the first dictionary I reach for if I want to find a definition of a word. It's also the first book I reach for if I want information on a famous person, or need to know where a particular place is.

In short, it's a dictionary and encyclopedia in one very handy size.

Plus points:
> it's easy to find any of the 120,00 definitions: the letter markers are visible from the outside.
> includes a thorough mid-section on famous people and places
> plentiful grammar and usage boxes (e.g. between diffuse and defuse).

Oh yes, it's also less than £8. A literal bargain.
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By EJ on 17 Aug. 2012
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It's a dictionary! However, positioned between the "h" and the "i" reference letters is a 146 page section titled "Factfinder". I find this a seriously irritating impediment to looking up words. What could possibly be the logic!
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I was a bit disappointed because I was looking for a dictionary to look up phonetic and meaning while reading books in English.
This dictionary is comprehensive, but it clusters several related terms with the main word and sometimes you can be confused. I don't like the "figurative" phonetic nomenclature nor the fact not all words have phonetic description (A word phonetic might be trivial for a native but not for a foreigner!). All in all, it is a good dictionary if you don't want to spend much money and you need a light and comprehensive dictionary.
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By bonjovi on 17 Mar. 2012
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I was surprised that the OED contained more information that just words. The additional info has already proved useful - world, famous people, measurements etc. An excellent buy at a reasonable cost.
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I bought it for our kids as a reference book. They sit and read it! The only thing is, it doesn't have the rude words in I remember looking up up as a child.

Also has handy 'usage' boxes which gives direction on how some words cam be used.

Well worth getting in my opinion.
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This product is just as described and great for value although not every word I use is in this dictionary, but can be found in a more expensive version. So I guess you get what you pay for, but still perfect for A-Level students due to price and simpleness of use.
On the other hand the product came before it's expected date. :)
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We bought this dictionary because we like to play word games--it's fine for this, but the layout of the book is ridiculous, with sections containing all sorts of info you probably won't be interested in slap bang in the middle of the book--I cannot for the life of me fathom why they placed these sections in such a horribly inconvenient place, but they did. Also--since they have "modernized" and "updated" the word selection, you will probably need an older version at hand as well to avoid marital disputes when arguing the validity of a word during Scrabble or Quiddler!
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Nothing wrong with this item but should have bought something with a lot more definitions...did not help very much at all for doing the DT crossword, lol.

That said ideal for pre GCSE level students, perhaps, but limited for A level and beyond.
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